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Streaming Media Not Necessarily More Eco-Friendly Than Physical Media

A new study from researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University has found that streaming media may not necessarily be a greener alternative to physical media like DVDs.

Explains Erik Gruenwedel from Home Media Magazine, “In the detailed May 28 report, “The Energy and Greenhouse-Gas Implications of Internet Video Streaming in the U.S.,” researchers Arman Shehabi, Ben Walker and Eric Masanet found that when factoring in the energy required to distribute and receive high-speed data channels (i.e. cable, telecom, HDTVs, set-top boxes, tablets, PCs, etc.), streaming video can actually exceed the energy required to distribute DVD and Blu-ray Disc – the latter including by-mail and brick-and-mortar rentals and purchases.”

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